Summer Staff

Una Kimokeo-Goes

Una Kimokeo-Goes received her Ph.D in rhetoric from Penn State and teaches public speaking, argumentation, and rhetoric and identity and has been involved with speech and debate for twenty years. Una currently is the Director of Forensics at Linfield College. Una is a lover of nearly all animals and is an amateur birder.

Jessica Kurr

Dr. Jessica Kurr is a rhetoric scholar and a postdoctoral teaching associate at Northeastern University. She primarily writes about institutional rhetorics with a focus on politics, economics, and LGBTQ issues. She debated at the University of Pittsburgh where she earned her undergraduate degree, was an assistant coach at Baylor University, and served as the Director of Debate at Penn State where she earned her doctorate.

Catherine Palczewski, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Northern Iowa. Her research specialties include rhetorical theory and criticism, feminist theory and criticism, argumentation theory, social movements, and political communication. Within these areas, I focus on the rhetorical constructions and implications of speaking from the margin.

Lisa Covington

Lisa Covington is a PhD Candidate at The University of Iowa, studying the sociology of education. She focuses on the learning processes of suburban Black Girls experiences.

Caitlin Walrath

Caitlin graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS in Psychology. While at Michigan, she was an NDT semifinalist and octafinalist, a first round bid recipient, and 3x champion of the Hoosier Invitational held at Indiana University. Before attending Michigan, she debated at Rowland Hall and Juan Diego Catholic high schools in Salt Lake City, UT. She has coached for the University of Kentucky and currently is working as an Assistant Debate coach for Wake Forest University.  She also coaches for Notre Dame Catholic high school in Los Angeles, CA.

Mya Whittaker

Mya is the first Bay Area Urban Debate League Champion. She received her bachelor’s degree in Communication from San Francisco State University. As an Emerge graduate, her long-term plan is to run for Congress. Mya organized a roundtable for youth to speak directly to Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Superintendent Antwan Wilson. Students came together to speak to powerful policy makers about their education. Mya makes a difference & empowers Oakland youth.

Nadia Hussein

Nadia Hussein graduated with her MA in Communication from Wake Forest University, where she also served as an assistant debate coach. Her research focuses on debate, rhetoric, interpersonal Communication, Film/Media Studies and all things Black.

Jazmine Pickens

Jazmine is a recent graduate from the University of Oklahoma where she was a very successful debater, winning the CEDA National Championship Tournament.

Lucia Scott

Assistant Director of Debate at The Barstow School. She has coached middle school through College with great success at each level. Lucia’s teams have won multiple tournaments and received several bids to the HS Tournament of Champions.

Ava Vargason

Ava is a PhD candidate at North Carolina Chapel Hill in the school of pharmacy. She is also a former collegiate debate competitor (University of Kentucky) and assistant coach.

Pia Sen

I have been involved with debate for 9 years, starting with debating for LASA HS. In college, I debated 5 years in college and qualified to 3x NDTs with Texas Debate. Throughout college, I read primarily critical arguments including object oriented ontology, gender arguments afro pessimism and settler colonialism. In the fall I will be starting a PhD program at Rutgers Newark.

Emily Mendelson

Lydia Brown

Flynn Makuch

Nyx Moore

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